Build your Future in Construction Trades
FSCC’s Construction Trades program is unique in which it is implementing a 2 + 2 + 2 program. A student can start in this program as early as junior and senior year of high school earning college credit toward their degree. The student would then earn their Associates of Applied Science Degree at FSCC and move on for higher learning at Pittsburg State University. Students that follow the 2 + 2 + 2 program will not have to duplicate course work in any of the three phases of their education.
At FSCC, students can expect to be educated by trained professionals that have not only taught the trades but are well known professionals in their trades. Instructors teach in the classroom as well as in labs, hands-on learning with tools of the trade. The curriculum being taught has been developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research. Upon completion of many of the classes, students will earn recognized credentials for that specific trade. These credentials will be entered into a national registry that is portable and available to contractors.
A Masonry Certificate has been developed in response to business and industry support and is available for those students that want to concentrate in the Masonry trade.
The construction industry, as a whole, is lacking trained professionals. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook is excellent. There is an expected job growth of 10% through the year 2016. The earning potential for a trained professional in any of specialty trades related to construction, both commercial and residential, averages $20 per hour nationally. There is a need in all specialty trades such as: carpentry, welding, masonry and plumbing.
Careers that PAY!!!
Average wages in the construction industry
(2010 Kansas Wage Information)
|Architectural/Civil Drafter - $41,530
||Heavy Truck Driver - $38,270
|Brickmason - $50,960
||Operating Engineer - $35,270
|Carpenter - $40,230
||Painter - $33,790
|Concrete Finisher - $35,420
||Plumber - $47,650
|Civil Engineer - $75,540
||Project Manager - $79,370
|Construction Laborer - $29,870
||Roofer - $33,920
|Crane/Tower Operator - $44,040
||Sheet Metal Worker - $40,090
|Drywall Installer - $38,320
||Steel Worker - $49,450
|Electrician - $45,990
||Surveyor - $48,470
|Estimator - $57,620
|First Line Supervisor - $56,290
Fort Scott Community College wants to help you succeed by beginning your construction trades career with the right education!
We would love to hear from you and answer any questions that you have. If you email us with your address, we can send you an information packet on our program.
FSCC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. Federal programs such as Stafford Loans and Pell Grants are available for those who qualify.
For more information on financial aid assistance contact the Financial Aid Office at (620)223-2700 or visit the FSCC website to download the FAFSA form.
Students can apply for program and institutional scholarships. Pick up a scholarship application today in the Construction Trades Office or call (620)223-2700 for more information on applying.
Classes are currently held in multiple locations on and off campus. The two main off campus locations are:
Fort Scott Construction Trades Building (The Armory)
2301 Horton St. Fort Scott, Kansas
Pittsburg Construction Trades Building (PCTB)
1301 E 27th Terrace
Phone # 620-232-5644
For more information please contact the Construction Trades Director Chris Sterrett or Judy Meister Occupational Recruiter.